Interview With Cat Lavoie
It's not every day that you get to ask questions of an author, so when you do get that chance - you want to make sure they're good ones. So to prepare for this interview, I sat down at my desk and wracked my brain for days debating which questions to ask. I wanted them to be original, funny, interesting, and I wanted to get to know the author. Cat Lavoie is with me today, on a book tour for her just released second novel: Zoey & The Moment of Zen. Cat lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous cat, Abbie. Her debut novel, Breaking the Rules, was published in August 2012 by Marching Ink. If Cat isn't reading or writing, she's most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next trip to London. Her second novel, Zoey & the Moment of Zen, was published in October 2013. I hope that I accomplished all those things with my questions -- and I hope that you enjoy getting to know Cat Lavoie, author of Zoey & The Moment of Zen and Breaking All The Rules.
Heather McCoubrey (HM): Zoey & the Moment of Zen is your second published work. What was the inspiration behind this story?
Cat Lavoie (CL): I went to Mexico after a bad breakup and ended up in the hospital with food poisoning. I was daydreaming about all the fun things I could be doing instead of being hydrated through an IV—and that's when I got the idea for the character of Zoey.
HM: Tell us a little about Zoey & The Moment of Zen...how long did it take you to write it? Do you plan on a sequel? What’s your favorite part of the story?
CL: Zoey & the Moment of Zen is the story of a woman who is sent to a tropical resort by her friends and family to get over an ex-boyfriend. She meets—and has a whirlwind relationship with—a man who looks exactly like her ex and she must convince everyone that she has finally moved on. It won't be easy, especially since she's not the only one who has trouble letting go of the past.
It took me about a year to write it. I don't think I'll be writing a sequel but you never know…Someday I might feel inspired to pick up the story where it left off. My favorite part of the novel is when Zoey and Shane come back home after their stay at the resort and have to face the real world. That was fun to write.
HM: If Zoey were to be turned into a movie, who would you want to see as the leads?
CL: Love this question! (Mostly because I imagine myself on the movie set mingling with the stars.) I see Rachelle Lefevre as Zoey, Jason Ritter as Shane, Jake Johnson as Nate and Stephen Merchant as Jude.
HM: If you were to be one of your characters, which one would you choose?
CL: I'd choose Zoey because she's passionate about her job and has a great support system. (And also because she has amazing hair and the man in her life is pretty hot!)
HM: Favorite color; animal; drink; food.
CL: Purple. Cat. Coke Zero. Asian.
HM: What first inspired you to pick up a pen (or keyboard) and start your writing career?
CL: I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid but, in my mid-twenties, I decided it was time to take my writing seriously and see if I could write a novel from start to finish.
HM: Are you a self-publisher/indie author?
CL: Both of my novels are published by Marching Ink, a small press founded by author and blogger Samantha March.
HM: What do you listen to while writing?
CL: I can't listen to music while writing because I'm so easily distracted, but I can't have complete silence either—so I usually leave the television on for background noise.
HM: How important do you think social media is to the success of your work?
CL: Very important. I can't imagine spreading the word about my novels without Twitter and Facebook.
HM: What is your favorite part about being a writer/author?
CL: I love so many things—creating stories, connecting with readers and fellow authors and feeling like I'm part of a really cool and supportive writing community.
HM: Least favorite?
CL: Sometimes it's tough to balance everything—my day job, spreading the word about my novels and making time to write new ones.
HM: What does your writing space look like?
CL: It's basically a nook between the kitchen and the living room in my apartment—but it's my absolute favorite place. It tends to get really messy, though. There are papers and post-its and notebooks everywhere. And sometimes there's even a cat sleeping on the keyboard!
HM: What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
CL: I love trying to cook and bake—even though I have very limited skills. I also spend way too much time in front of screens (television, computer and Kindle.)
HM: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
CL: London! I’ve visited twice but there’s still so much of the city that I haven’t explored. And from there I’d visit the rest of the UK. I've always wanted to go to Scotland.
HM: Do you have any advice for writers who are just starting out?
CL: Write the kind of story you want to read. Make sure your book is the best it can be before releasing it. Connect with other writers and learn from them. And keep writing.
Thank you, Cat, for joining us today! If you'd like more information on Cat Lavoie or her books, please click on these fine links: Cat Lavoie can be found on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.
You can find her latest novel Zoey & the Moment of Zen on Amazon: Zoey & The Moment of Zen
and on Nook: Zoey & The Moment of Zen